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Citizenship Applications On Rise In Face Of Anti-Immigrant Politics

Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 22, 2016 - "There was an uptick of naturalization applications filed between June, when Trump announced his candidacy, and January, compared with the same period in recent years, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data. The agency has not...

For Daniel Torres, Military Service Leads to American Citizenship

Tatiana Sanchez, San Diego Union-Tribune, Apr. 22, 2016 - "Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely the first unauthorized immigrant to become a citizen by way of his military service...

$20K Settlement for American Citizen Locked Up By ICE: Ocampo v. Harrington

NIJC, May 2, 2016 - "A U.S. citizen arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at his home in 2012 and held in immigration detention for seven days has been awarded $20,000 in damages as part of an agreed judgment entered by a federal district court judge in central Illinois. ...

CA5 on Citizenship, Jurisdiction: Hernandez Rosales v. Lynch

Hernandez Rosales v. Lynch, May 3, 2016 - "Ulises Hernandez Rosales (Hernandez) petitions for review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision rejecting the claim that he is a United States citizen and upholding an order of removal entered against him. Because there is a genuine issue of material...

USCIS Sued Over 'Unlawful Delay' Of Citizenship Applications Of Muslims - Arapi v. USCIS

Talal Ansari, BuzzFeed News, May 18, 2016 - "The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully delays the citizenship applications of Muslim immigrants due to a secretive immigration program, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis. The lawsuit — filed by...

Sup. Ct. Cert. Pet. Asks: Who Determines Birth on U.S. Soil? - Sanchez v. Kerry

Sanchez v. Kerry, No. 15-1395, filed May 12, 2016 - "From the foundation of this country, it has been the States, and not the federal government, who determine which individuals are born within their boundaries. The Constitution does not allow the State Department or a federal court to ignore decisions...

Citizen Khan: How a Wyoming Entrepreneur Won, then Lost, then Regained Citizenship

Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, June 6&13, 2016 issue - " By the time Zarif Khan applied to become a United States citizen for the second time, he had been living in Wyoming for nearly half a century. He was in his late sixties. On the naturalization petition, his official hair color had turned...

DOJ Settles Illegal Citizenship Requirement Dispute with Podiatry Residency Programs, AACPM

DOJ, June 20, 2016 - "The Justice Department announced today that it has reached agreements with 121 podiatry residency programs and the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) to resolve claims that they discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation...

USCIS Policy Manual Update: Effective Date of Lawful Permanent Residence for Purposes of Citizenship and Naturalization

USCIS Policy Alert, July 27, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the effective date of lawful permanent residence for purposes of citizenship and naturalization." See also: https://www.uscis.gov/policymanual...

DOJ Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Hartz Mountain Industries

DOJ, Aug. 9, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. (Hartz) to resolve the department’s investigation into whether the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizen job seekers, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality...

Justice Department Settles with Staffing Company re Illegal Citizenship Requirement

DOJ, Sept. 7, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Cumberland Staffing Inc., doing business as AtWork Cumberland Staffing (ACS), to resolve the department’s investigation into whether the company discriminated against work-authorized immigrants and naturalized U.S...

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization...

Denver Sheriff Dept. Settles I-9 Citizenship Discrimination Complaints with DOJ

DOJ, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today resolving claims that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Denver Sheriff Department is the largest sheriff department...

USCIS Policy Manual Update: False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Ground of Inadmissibility (Dec. 14, 2016)

USCIS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "Policy Highlights • Describes the difference between inadmissibility for a false claim to U.S. citizenship and inadmissibility for fraud and willful misrepresentation. • Explains what constitutes a false claim to U.S. citizenship, including the type of evidence...

Boris Johnson, British Foreign Secretary, Drops U.S. Citizenship

New York Times, Feb. 8, 2017 - "Boris Johnson, Britain’s colorful and blustery foreign secretary, who is perhaps best known for his leading role in campaigning for his country’s departure from the European Union, has given up his American citizenship, a United States Treasury Department...

Tiwari v. Mattis Update (Apr. 5, 2017)

Tiwari v. Mattis, No. 2:17-cv-00242-TSZ, W.D. Wa. - "This action challenges unconstitutional national origin discrimination imposed by, inter alia, Department of Defense (DoD) guidance memoranda that, inter alia, summarily deny Plaintiffs -- who are all naturalized U.S. citizens -- the ability to...

Soldiers Who Sue DOD Are Granted Exception To Policy: Tiwari v. Mattis Update (May 10, 2017)

See: Tiwari v. Mattis Doc. 23 (May 8, 2017) Arendt Declaration Stallings Declaration

Hundreds of Immigrants Fell for Adoption-for-Citizenship Scam

Stephen Magagnini, Sacramento Bee, May 14, 2017 - "Many of Helaman Hansen’s hundreds of victims first heard about his citizenship-through-adoption scheme in their neighborhood churches. The 64-year-old Elk Grove businessman or his surrogates would show up promising undocumented immigrants...

BIA on Certificates of Citizenship - Matter of Falodun, 27 I&N Dec. 52 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Falodun, 27 I&N Dec. 52 (BIA 2017) - (1) Unlike a Certificate of Naturalization, a certificate of citizenship does not confer United States citizenship but merely provides evidence that the applicant previously obtained citizenship status. (2) The institution of judicial proceedings to...

Supreme Court: Old Gender-Based Citizenship Law Violates Equal Protection

Sessions v. Morales-Santana, June 12, 2017 - "This case concerns a gender-based differential in the law governing acquisition of U. S. citizenship by a child born abroad, when one parent is a U. S. citizen, the other, a citizen of another nation. The main rule appears in 8 U. S. C. §1401(a...

Sessions v. Morales-Santana: The Problems of Leveling Down - David Isaacson

David Isaacson, June 21, 2017 - "On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Sessions v. Morales-Santana , holding that the different treatment of unmarried mothers in INA §309(c) , 8 U.S.C. §1409(c) , was unconstitutional as a violation of equal protection. Unfortunately...

Supreme Court on Naturalization: Maslenjak v. U.S.

Maslenjak v. U.S., June 22, 2017 - "A federal statute, 18 U. S. C. §1425(a), makes it a crime to “knowingly procure[], contrary to law, the naturalization of any person.” And when someone is convicted under §1425(a) of unlawfully procuring her own naturalization, her citizenship...

Kobach Sanctioned for 'Deceptive Conduct' in Proof of Citizenship Lawsuit: Fish v. Kobach

Fish v. Kobach, June 23, 2017 - "[D]efendant’s deceptive conduct and lack of candor warrant the imposition of sanctions. ... [D]efendant made patently misleading representations to the court ... The court cannot say that defendant flat-out lied in representing the content of the disputed documents...

South Texas man wonders if he’s a citizen after Supreme Court ruling

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, July 20, 2017 - "The Supreme Court has left Leonardo Villegas’ citizenship in limbo. Things might be different if his mother had been born in Texas, like his father, but she was born and gave birth to Villegas in Mexico. The standards Congress has...

Deported Connecticut Army Veteran Gains U.S. Citizenship, Reunites With Family

Peggy McCarthy, New Haven Register, July 24, 2017 - "Arnold Giammarco, the Army and National Guard veteran deported to Italy nearly five years ago, is back home in Connecticut with his wife and daughter. ... Giammarco landed at JFK Airport on July 16, nine days after he becoming a naturalized...